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    After many years of unexplained medical issues, I was finally diagnosed with celiac disease in 2002.  The first couple of years were a rough road traveled, but I am feeling better than I ever have.  It is important that I share what I have learned over the years with others and to do my part to help raise awareness of celiac disease.

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    Scott Adams
    When I first opened the package of Squirrel’s Bakery Gluten-Free Coconut and Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars I was surprised by their unique shape: The package contained two bars that are approximately 2.5” x 3” and they are around an inch thick­so they resemble a brownie in size and shape.  They aren't kidding when they use the terms “thick & hearty” to describe these cookie bars.
    In addition to being gluten-free, Squirrel’s Bakery thick & hearty cookie bars are also soy, dairy and nut-free, so they will appeal to those of you who have additional food intolerances or allergies, as well as to those who have celiac disease.  The bars are made using quality ingredients like Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free oats, organic brown rice flour and Enjoy Life gluten, soy, dairy & nut free chocolate chips, and they are also a good source of fiber, iron, calcium and protein (the bars do contain eggs).
    The first thing I noticed when biting into the Squirrel’s Gluten-Free Coconut and Chocolate Chip bar is the large coconut flakes, which tasted wonderful.  This taste was enhanced by the wonderful combination of their allergy-friendly chocolate chips, along with their blend of gluten-free flours and oats.  The texture was very nice, it was not too moist and not too dry­I’ve never been a fan of overly-soft cookies or bars. 
    The last question that must be answered about this excellent gluten-free “cookie”: Could I get used to eating “cookie bars” instead of regular old cookies?  Sure…I really can't imagine anyone who would not enjoy these special treats!  They should please the most die hard cookie lovers, and offer a unique take on a traditional treat. 
    Squirrel’s Bakery is a small family owned cookie manufacturing business based in Virginia Beach, Virginia and was founded in 2009.  For more information, you can visit their Web site at www.squirrelsbakery.com.
     
     
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    Dyani Barber
    I just received a copy of Living Without’s Gluten-Free Holiday Guide and am very impressed with both the quality and the content of the magazine.  This special holiday issue contains cooking tips as well as gluten and casein-free recipes that cover Thanksgiving, Christmas dinner, and New Year’s.  It also has a nice section on how to successfully entertain guests over the holidays who might have food allergies or celiac disease, and another that covers allergy-friendly gift ideas. 
    This magazine was a first for those with food allergies or gluten sensitivity, and I am very impressed with how it has evolved over the years into such a comprehensive publication.
    For more info visit: www.LivingWithout.com.
     
     

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    Dyani Barber
    I recently had the opportunity to try a gluten-free, sugar-free and starch-free cookie called "Cocoa-licious," which is manufactured by “Yes! To cookies.”  I have to be honest when I asked myself, “how good can a gluten, carb and sugar free cookie taste?”  When I opened the package, the smell of rich cocoa spilled out, and I discovered that each cookie was topped with a  type of glaze that made it appealing to the eye as well.  I no longer found myself hesitant to try these cookies, and now I'm glad that I did.  Each cookie was soft, moist and had a rich cocoa flavor. I did notice a slight aftertaste which I can only best describe as the same type of taste I get after I take a vitamin, but due to their uniqueness, I have to give these Cocoa-licious cookies a thumbs up.  I had no idea that there was such a thing as a sugar, carb and gluten-free cookie, but I can say that this cookie far exceeded my expectations.  It would be a great gluten-free snack for anyone who is watching their carbohydrate and sugar intake, and would satisfy a craving for something sweet.
    For more info visit their site: yestocookies.com
     
     
     

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    Dyani Barber
    Who said gluten-free frozen foods never taste good and fresh? When I had my first bite of Amy's Broccoli and Cheddar Bake I could not believe that it was a frozen product. The tender rice pasta was coated with a creamy, aged English cheddar sauce, and the green organic broccoli tasted very fresh and crisp, and it was a very healthy addition. This product is not only gluten-free, but is also high in protein, vitamin A, C, calcium, and good source of iron, so it's very nutritious.
    This bowl is simply a convenient food for me, as I am a working mom, and it allows for a quick meal when I have no time to cook. I would defiantly feel good serving it to my whole family at any meal time. It is very easy to prepare—I simply just remove the over-wrap and put the bowl into the oven, wait a few minutes and our meal is ready! I would recommend cooking these in a conventional oven for an even better taste.
    I'll keep these on hand for my family. I would say that this is a five star gluten-free frozen food, and the best broccoli and cheddar bake I have tasted. I would like to say thank you to Amy's for creating this gluten-free meal with all the flavor and goodness of homemade cooking.
    Visit their site for more info: www.amys.com.
     
     
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    Thank you so much! and yes, I am aware of other allergies. I have leaky gut as well and have a food allergy to potatoes and corn as well and my mother eats those too. So very stressed out. I went downstairs and found a mini fridge and im going to start using that because like you said, handles, faucets, etc are too much. the stress does not help the body either, ive been getting sick three times a week. its very hard.  I am glad there are people who understand! Sounds like you were concerned too
    The cheese and avocado are fine, the gluten was not aerosolized anything like that. NOW if your allergic to wheat there could be some issues being around it like that (some severe cases of peanut allergies can go off if it is in the room) but you would be anaphylactic.  I get the paranoia, it gets to the point of being almost PTSD. You fear to get sick so bad because the weirdest things have bedridden you. I got glutened touching gluten residue on facets, fridge door handles, etc in my old
    Alaskaguy, Here is the research you are looking for they are entitled "Maize prolamins resistant to peptic-tryptic digestion maintain immune-recognition by IgA from some celiac disease patients." and "Maize prolamins could induce a gluten-like cellular immune response in some celiac disease patients." respectively. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22298027 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24152750 It is like Oats ...Corn can bother a subset of celiac's. ...reintroducing
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